The Magic Flute Polar Plunge

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[Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics, Arrowwood Resort, Lake Darling, February 23.]

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[About a half-mile from the supervisor’s abode.]

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[A beautiful, sunshiny day, and the temperature had risen to a balmy minus 20 windchill.]

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[The crowds amass . . .]

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[Looking back at the resort from the lake.]

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[The launching pad.]

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[The recovery room.]

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[The “swimming pool.”]

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[And away we go . . .]

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[We have touch down!]

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[We have splash!]

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[Saved by the recovery team!]

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[The paparazzi area.  Over $100,000 was raised!  🙂  ]


[The supervisor then wandered down the shoreline a bit to check on our ice heaves . . .]

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[They were doing just fine.  [Editor’s admission:  OK, it’s an ice wave from the bottom of Lake Huron, faithfully submitted by Basketball Dan.]

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[After the Plunge, it was immediately off to the opera.  Do not pass “go,” do not collect $200.00.]

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[As with everything else this year, this would be the symphony’s last performance in Jefferson High School.  Next year, padded individual seats!  🙂  ]

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[Kirby Karpan is the bass player.  We know her through other music venues . . . and her dad’s political campaign.]

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Thanks again to all for another wonderful performance.  And goodnight to Tony Cremers in the lower left hand corner.  😉

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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